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Potteries Key to Solve the City Mysteries

 

22 September 2004

 

 

Iranian archeologists plan to study potteries scattered on the top layer of soil in the southern city of Bishapur to unravel more mysteries about the magnificent Sasanid city.


“They intend to divvy up the historical site into 10 by 10 meters squares and then study the potteries after documenting and recording their statistics,” said Mosayeb Amiri, project manager in Bishapur.
He believes the new project could take several years but would be quite useful in shedding some light on the way people were settled in the vast city and their lifestyles.


Bishapur was built on the Imperial Road in Fars province, at the time of Shapour I (241-272) in the third century A.D. The beautiful scenery of the Shapour plain and river, besides the new architecture style of Bishapur buildings distinguished the city in the whole Sasanid civilization. The city was decorated by some Islamic architecture features after the Arabs entered Iran. The ruins of the historical city of Bishapur are found on the slope of Koohmareh heights, 23 Kilometers west of the city of Kazeroon.


The beautiful scenery of the Shapour plain and river, besides the new architecture style of Bishapur buildings distinguished the city from others of the Sasanid civilization.


The city was decorated by some Islamic architecture features after the Arabs entered Iran. It kept its richness up to the 11th century, but, like other ancient Iranian cities, started to fade gradually. The first excavations in the area were carried out some seven decades ago by two French archeologists.

 

 

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